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Following Pappano: Behind-the-scenes on La bohème with BBC Radio 4 documentary

Listen as the Music Director of The Royal Opera gives unique insights into the rehearsal process for Richard Jones’s new production of Puccini’s great opera.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

20 September 2017 at 2.54pm | 2 Comments

The Royal Opera opened its 2017/18 Season with a new production of Puccini’s popular opera La bohème, directed by Richard Jones.

In the run-up to opening night, BBC Radio 4 shadowed Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, who shared the challenges of operating at the very highest level of operatic performance, as well as the thrill of working on a new production of such a famous work.

‘I can’t wait to get to it,’ Pappano explained during the rehearsal process. ‘There’s always a challenge of “How can we do it better? How can we make it special? How can we render it in such a way that the audience is beguiled, made to feel ‘what a great masterpiece this is’?”’

The five-part documentary gives unprecedented access behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House, interviewing the team working both on and off stage, as well as cast members, set-builders, stage directors, movement directors, and repetiteurs.

Listen to Following Pappano at 9.45am on BBC Radio 4 every morning this week, or via BBC iPlayer.

La bohème runs until 10 October 2017. Tickets are still available.

It is a co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Beth Madison, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and The American Friends of Covent Garden.

The opera will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 October 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

20 September 2017 at 2.54pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Antonio Pappano, BBC Radio 4, by Richard Jones, documentary, La bohème, Production

This article has 2 comments

  1. Very interested to listen to these programmes after going to the Insight evening and hearing the first night performance. So wonderful to hear Puccini played and sung with all the nuances he intended. Maestro Pappano is the ROH's best asset - I really hope he stays for many more years ...

  2. Patricia Potter responded on 3 October 2017 at 11:40pm Reply

    Just returned from our local cinema after seeing the heart-breakingly beautiful performance of La Boheme. Thank you to everyone involved in this amazing masterpiece. Two hours of being swept away by the music, singing and emotional drama. Tearful but unforgettable.

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